« on: November 17, 2009, 12:23:17 am »
I need the experience of people who actually get to tour. As a bike shop employee (and now owner), I've never had the chance to go out for more than a day or two. I'm opening my store in a week, and am still in the "research" phase as far as what bikes to carry. I'll definitely have Raleigh. Any others are still up in the air. I want to have touring as one of my specialities. Specifically, I want to be well-equipped for those who want to tour, as well as for those passing through who need something that can't be fixed with a Leatherman and duct tape.
What bikes (aside from the LHT) would you recommend?
What panniers do you prefer? (I've already contacted Arkel and Ortlieb)
Jackets? Other clothing?
Basically, I'm asking what brands have a) served you well and b) you would like to see in a bike shop?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!